Hey Me is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This policy (which forms part of the Terms of Use of our site) sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.

Please note that this Privacy Policy applies only to Hey Me and not to any third-party sites that are linked to from our site.

Privacy policy updated on 1 August 2018

Visitors to our websites

When someone visits www.heyme.co.uk we use a third-party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

Visitors may opt out of our use of Analytics by visiting the Google Analytics Opt-out page.

Use of cookies by Hey Me

You can read more about how we use cookies on our Cookies page.

E-newsletter

We will use a third-party provider to deliver our e-newsletters (we will publish details of this here when we create our first newsletter). We will gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our e-newsletter.

Security and performance

Hey Me uses a third-party service to help maintain the security and performance of www.heyme.co.uk.  To deliver this service it processes the IP addresses of visitors to the www.heyme.co.uk

WordPress

We use a third-party service, WordPress.com, for our website design and to publish our news. Occasionally WordPress requires visitors that want to post a comment under blogs or news stories to enter a name and email address. For more information about how WordPress processes data, please see Automattic’s privacy notice.

People who contact us via social media

We use the third-party providers, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram to manage our social media interactions. If you send us a private or direct message via social media the message will be stored on the individual social media platforms. It will not be shared with any other organisations.

People who call Amy Bell

When you call Amy Bell, she will only collect the information necessary to ensure you receive an efficient and appropriate response. We may also retain some of the information where it helps with providing you with an efficient response.

We will not keep any data from you for longer than is necessary.

People who email us

If your email service does not support TLS or SSL or similar security systems, you should be aware that any emails we send or receive may not be protected in transit.

We will monitor any emails sent to us, including file attachments, for viruses or malicious software. Please be aware that you have a responsibility to ensure that any email you send is within the bounds of the law.

We will not keep any email data from you for longer than is necessary.

People who make a complaint to us

If we receive a complaint from a person we will make up a file containing the details of the complaint. This would only contain the identity of the complainant and any other individuals involved in the complaint.

We will only use the personal information we collect to process the complaint and to check on the level of service we provide. This information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

We will keep personal information contained in complaint files in line with our retention policy. This means that information relating to a complaint will be retained for two years from closure, unless you specifically ask for it to be removed. It will be retained in a secure environment and access to it will be restricted according to the ‘need to know’ principle.

Enquiries

Similarly, where enquiries are submitted to us we will only use the information supplied to us to deal with the enquiry and any subsequent issues and to check on the level of service we provide.

People who work with Hey Me

Hey Me offers various services to businesses, third sector organisations and public sector bodies. We also respond to media requests on behalf of our clients. We have to hold the details of the people who have requested the service or who have submitted an enquiry in order to respond appropriately. However, we only use these details where there are legitimate interests, such as providing the service the person has requested or where required by law. For example, we might use information about individual journalists who have requested information about a specific business to send them news that is of interest to their readers/viewers/listeners.

Withdrawl of consent

If you wish to withdraw your consent for Hey Me to contact you, please send an email to amy@heyme.co.uk or call 07576847637. A record of your request to withdraw consent may still be retained by Hey Me so that we can ensure you are no longer contacted, however we will also remove this from our data storage on your request.

When people do subscribe to our services, they can cancel their subscription at any time and will be given an easy way of doing this.

Sharing your details with clients

We will only share your contact details with clients if you explicitly request us to do so. We may also ask for your consent to share details with your clients if we think it is the best way to answer your enquiry or if we think it will help your business needs.

Your rights

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 and soon the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), you have rights as an individual which you can exercise in relation to the information we hold about you.

You can read more about these rights here.

Queries or complaints

Hey Me tries to meet the highest standards when collecting and using personal information. For this reason, we take any complaints we receive about this very seriously. We encourage people to bring it to our attention if they think that our collection or use of information is unfair, misleading or inappropriate. We would also welcome any suggestions for improving our procedures.

This privacy notice was drafted with brevity and clarity in mind. It does not provide exhaustive detail of all aspects of Hey Me’s collection and use of personal information. However, we are happy to provide any additional information or explanation needed. Any requests for this should be sent to amy@heyme.co.uk

If you want to make a complaint about the way we have processed your personal information, you can contact the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) in their capacity as the statutory body which oversees data protection law in the UK – www.ico.org.uk/concerns.

 Access to personal information

Hey Me tries to be as open as it can be in terms of giving people access to their own personal information. Individuals can find out if we hold any personal information by making a ‘subject access request’ under the Data Protection Act 1998.

If we do hold information about you we will:

  • give you a description of it;
  • tell you why we are holding it;
  • tell you who it could be disclosed to; and
  • let you have a copy of the information in an intelligible form.

Email amy@heyme.co.uk if you would like this information.

If you agree, we will try to deal with your request informally, for example by providing you with the specific information you need over the telephone.

If we do hold information about you, you can ask us to correct any mistakes by, once again, contacting the Information Governance department.

Disclosure of personal information

We will not disclose personal data without consent.

By contacting us, you can also get further information on:

  • circumstances where we can pass on personal data without consent for example, to prevent and detect crime and to produce anonymised statistics;
  • how we collect, use and delete personal data; and
  • how we check that the information we hold is accurate and up to date.
  • Links to other websites

This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.

Changes to this privacy notice

We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 1 August 2018.

How to contact us

If you want to request information about our privacy policy you can email us at amy@heyme.co.uk